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Chicago flight to Shanghai turns back after bird strike

(CNN) — A flight from Chicago to Shanghai suffered an apparent bird strike after takeoff and landed safely back at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Sunday.

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American Airlines Flight 289 took off around 10:45 a.m. Shortly after, the crew reported a problem on board.

By 11:18 a.m. the plane was back on an O’Hare runway, according to a spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation.

My-Linh Bui, American Airlines spokeswoman, said the problem was apparently a bird strike.

None of the 236 passengers or 15 crew members was injured.

Mechanics are looking at the plane, Bui said.

Passengers booked to Shanghai will depart on another flight.


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